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Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

THE LAW MEETS SOCIAL MEDIA

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Social Media as we know it today, websites and applications that a person uses to communicate with other users, started twenty years ago in 1997 with a site called Six Degrees. Since then a lot has changed and social media has become a daily, hourly, activity for its many users. With such widespread use it was only a matter of time before the law would get involved with social media. Now major applications, like Facebook, are facing controversial choices about how their sites should be used and policed and not just by their local state or even their national governments…
Friday, 14 April 2017 00:00

TEMPERATURE RISING

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The temperature is rising swiftly as we head towards the extreme heat of Arizona summer. Anyone who has lived here does not need to be told twice that the heat can be taxing and down right dangerous if your not careful. In fact, "even on a relatively cool day, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly spike to life-threatening levels if the sun is out," according to researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. In light of this information and to stop heatstroke related death of children and pets in vehicles Arizona legislature has created Bill 2494 which prevents…
Friday, 07 April 2017 00:00

SELFIE SLIP

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This week a woman who was trying to take a spectacular selfie made a misstep that ended up with her plummeting 60 feet from the girder of one of California's tallest bridges. "The bridge's off-limits underbelly seem to be a popular, but dangerous spot for social media posting;" according to CNN. This is one of many instances where a person has made a bad decision trying to get the perfect "pic" (see Mannequin Challenge Gone Wrong). Luckily, this selfie seeker did not pay the ultimate price but, her troubles may not be over. While selfies have become a way of…
Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:00

HAZING IN HIGH SCHOOL

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Hazing, a ritual that colleges have attempted to extinguish for years, has found its way into the high school system. This week Hamilton High School, a school located in Chandler, Arizona, is at the forefront of the conversation. Six football players were arrested, five of which are teenagers, for crimes that started with hazing but lead to charges that also include sexual assault and kidnapping. Hazing originated as a right of passage to "teach newcomers respect for [group] policies, rules and leaders" but has been known to turn from mildly degrading to dangerous and even deadly. The first recorded death…
Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:07

SPRING BREAK FEVER

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Spring breaks is here, or is rapidly approaching depending on your school district, and the sun is out and shining bright. Spring breakers are off; headed outside to hang out in the sun and are staying out later as the daylight hours get longer. If you are under 18 you may want to remember to head back in doors when the night hours reach the double digits. Many of Arizona's cities and town have curfew laws, and while they are not always displayed teenagers who are caught after hours may still face the dismal consequences of the law. Don't miss…

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